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Learn How to Protect Your Rights as a Physician

A study by the California Research Bureau indicated that Black and Latino physicians are more likely to be investigated and disciplined by the Medical Board of California (MBOC) than their White counterparts.    The Golden State Medical Association is inviting physicians and other care providers to learn more about the MBOC disciplinary process, red flags for being investigated, and the steps to take to protect your license in the event of a complaint or accusation at the Golden State Medical Association CME Symposium.   The Symposium will be taking place on Sunday, March 26, 2017  from 1:00 PM to 4:30PM at the Beverly Hilton Hotel ...

Opportunity to help efforts to increase Medi-Cal rates

Civil rights investigation puts a new twist on the fight for Medi-Cal patients’ access to healthcare.   The investigation seeks to improve access to care for all Medi-Cal recipients by challenging the adequacy of reimbursement rates and administrative roadblocks; arguing that resulting healthcare inadequacies violate California anti-discrimination law because they coincide with the program becoming disproportionately Latino.  Physicians and their organizations should contact Miranda Galindo, Staff Attorney with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) at mgalindo@maldef.org to learn about opportunities to support this effort. 

A Nevada woman dies of a superbug resistant to every available antibiotic in the US

If it sometimes seems like the idea of antibiotic resistance, though unsettling, is more theoretical than real, please read on. Public health officials from Nevada are reporting on a case of a woman who died in Reno in September from an incurable infection. Testing showed the superbug that had spread throughout her system could fend off 26 different antibiotics. “It was tested against everything that’s available in the United States … and was not effective,” said Dr. Alexander Kallen, a medical officer in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s division of health care quality promotion. Although this isn’t the first time ...

American College of Cardiology: Cardiologists Perceptions of Access to New Therapies survey

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) recently published results from its Cardiologists Perceptions of Access to New Therapies survey. The key findings of the survey, which are summarized below, underscore the importance of elevating both the patient and provider voice to eliminate access barriers and ensure timely quality care. Takeaways include: Cardiologists say the top two issues that stand in the way of prescribing the newest evidence-based/guideline-directed therapies are cost (co-payment, co-insurance, deductibles) and administrative burden (prior authorization documentation); Cardiologists would like to see the ACC take a leadership role to reduce the administrative burden; ...

NEPO mourns the loss of Dr.Richard Butcher

NEPO mourns the loss of Dr.Richard Butcher and celebrates the wonderful contributions he made to the practice of medicine. He was adored by his patients for his personalized approach to care and admired by colleagues for his dedication to serving California’s diverse communities.   To read more about Dr. Butcher's impact on medicine and his community: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/health/sd-me-richard-butcher-20161116-story.html 

California Medical Association Foundation Promotes “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week”

Sacramento – The California Medical Association (CMA) Foundation joins hundreds of organizations across the globe including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in raising awareness around “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week” through its Alliance Working for Antibiotic Resistance Education (AWARE) program. The AWARE project began in 2001, when the CMA Foundation, together with the California State Parent Teacher Association, the California Department of Health Services and representatives from health plans, the pharmaceutical industry and consumer groups initiated a five-year project to reduce the unnecessary use of antibiotics and the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in California. “Project AWARE has been ...

#WhatADoctorLooksLike

“WhatADoctorLooksLike” is a hashtag created shortly after the story of Dr. Tamika Cross’ experience on a Delta Airlines flight went viral on social media. Dr. Tamika Cross, a young black physician from Houston, was on a Delta Airlines flight headed from Detroit to Houston in early October. While in flight, a passenger required emergency care. Dr. Cross’ attempt to aid the passenger in need was stopped by a flight attendant who not only asked to see Dr. Cross' credentials, but also asked Dr. Cross, "what type of doctor are you?" and "where do you work?". Unlike Dr. Cross, a ...

November is National Diabetes Month: Help your patients prevent type 2 diabetes

Help your patients prevent type 2 diabetes by identifying those with prediabetes and referring them to a diabetes prevention program. The California Medical Association Foundation and NEPO are teaming up with the American Medical Association to raise awareness and educate physicians and health care providers about tools and resources available to help reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes within the communities they serve. In partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the AMA has created a special online toolkit to help physicians and care teams: • Identify and refer at-risk patients to a CDC-recognized diabetes prevention lifestyle ...

Creating a Movement for Change: Latino Physicians of California Symposium

Latino leaders, healthcare professionals, legislators, and experts throughout California will come together to discuss and lead a movement to better serve the healthcare needs of Latinos at the inaugural Latino Physicians of California Symposium this month. Highlights of the Symposium include  opportunities to: Meet, greet and network with legislators, physician leaders, health executives, and health professionals; Discuss how to better serve the health care/access needs of Latinos; Find out about mentoring initiatives needed to employ to train and support Latinos on their path to the healthcare professions; and, Help develop ...

National Minority Quality Forum 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health Awards, Applications Open

The National Minority Quality Forum announced it is accepting nominations for the 2017 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health Awards, honoring influential young minority leaders making a difference in healthcare. They encourage a wide range of health professionals to apply: physicians, pharmacists, dentists, anesthesiologists, nurses, policy experts, researchers, and others. All nominations are to be submitted online here. Nominations will be accepted until January 16, 2017. Honorees will be awarded at the Congressional Black Caucus Spring Health Braintrust Gala in Washington, DC with special guest CBC Health Braintrust Chair Congresswoman Robin Kelly. Please direct any questions to 40under40@nmqf.org. 

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